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Setting up dedicated woodworking shop #5: Reviving life to the shop!

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Blog entry by Scott Wigginton posted 1031 days ago 5340 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow, can’t believe its been 3 years since I’ve really been in and around my shop! Let’s just say life has been busy and higher priorities have derailed me for awhile.

This summer we decided to build a new house on our property and while thinking about actually having an attached garage got me tinkering in Visio. While looking at the plans with a coworker he noticed some of my handtools I was planning to move into the shop and found out he was a fellow WWer. After several more chats about our shops and showing some pictures, I found myself re-invigorated to get back out there, clean it up right and start making more forward progress on the shop so I can pound out some more projects, most notably a box for my brother who just got back from a deployment.

First item on my list, to bring my DC back into line. I realized my old setup using the Powermatic 75 as designed was no good, the room wasn’t tall enough for the dual bags plus they were only 30-micron which would shorten the lives of the 2 large motors in that room. So I picked up some HVAC registers and borrowed some tin snips to fabricate a converter from the 5 1/2” outlets to flex pipe connected to a dryer vent to blow all the chips and dust against the side of my carport (easy to pickings for my tractor’s to take to the compost pile)

Naturally sealed with several layers of duct tape.

Testing it out with a floorsweep resulted in significant suction, I made sure to use the dryer vent with the largest opening in case something large gets sucked up.

The main ductwork is setup, I still have to finish the branches and figure out what I’m going to do for the blast gates (spend the $$ or use my limited time?). I also need to setup a collection method for my Craftsman (ie Belsaw) 15” planer which is going to be tricky.

I made sure to leave a 4” and a 6” open so as to not choke off the motor. After I get the ductwork setup I’ll work on my brother’s box as well as some more shop projects to include installing my 52” rails for TS, router insert, crosscut sled, outfeed table, and cabinet for drills/bits.

Until next time (hopefully less than 924 days!)

-- Scott



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#1 posted 1026 days ago

Good to see you back in the shop. I wish I could blow the dust outside but my neighbour would probably complain and it would cost a fortune to replace the heat lost from blowing all the warm air out LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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